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Syd's site is always packed with good info. Hadn't read that article yet though, thanks for the heads up. Interesting article about the Para LDA as well, it might very well bring more shooters into the 1911 fold.
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The 1911

The 1911 pistol is extremely safe.
Cocked and Locked (Cond.1) carry is very safe.
With knowledge and familiarity comes Peace Of Mind.

I agree that any novice that is building a 1911 from parts or doing critical modifications to His/Her 1911 Style Pistol should have the pistol & F.C.S. checked by a competent gunsmith before they shoot or carry it.

Even though it is NOT necessary ~ a person can buy a holster with a leather retention strap that fits between the hammer & the firing pin as an additional "Feel Good" safety.
That will make the holstered pistol at least look less ominous to the uneducated eye.
 

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As a new 1911 owner but long time shooter, I feel safe carrying condition 1. I did carry condition 3 around the house to get used to this gun though. I found right out of the box I can hit with my 1911, while my other pistols took some practice to really tighten my groups up.
 

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Why do people keep asking this?

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I think QK nailed it, they haven't the "knowledge nor familiarity."
 

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I think this question has to be split into two different parts.

Is it safe? YES without a doubt. But remember the primary safety as always is the shooter him/herself.

The next question should therefore be: Is the condition One carry of any SA handgun, the 1911 in particular likely to give rise to secondary criminal charges of negligence and or concurrent civil charges by the nature of the weapon itself? That depends. Mostly it depends on the jurisdiction and political climate. An ambitious prosecutor looking to make a name for himself might find it easier to support a more nebulous charge of negligence (manslaughter) and depend on the ignorance of a jury to make the case against the gun rather than the shooter or circumstances. I have seen this done many times here in Miami-Dade county over the last 25 years. Many folks won't know to have an "expert witness" to dispell gun myths and even if they do know, can't afford to have Mas Ayoob or one of the other heavyweights come down and defend the "gun." Juries are chosen for unifomity in ignorance.

My point is, if you know you live in a liberal, anti-gun jurisdiction, why take the chance with a 1911 SA? I practice what I preach. Although I have two fine 1911's, I no longer carry them for exactly this reason.
 

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An interesting point, Ex Soldier. I just re-read the manual for my Kimber, and I would be concerned about this coming out in court:

5. Safe Carrying Condition: Never carry this piston cocked, loaded and ready to fire as this practice could easily lead to an inintentional discharge. Do not carry a loaded gun with a live round in the chamber while wlaking, running or corssing any obstacle, where theris an possibility of slipping and falling as this could lead to a possible unintentional discharge. (p. 6)
"So, Mr. Defendant, why were you carrying this gun in a manner forbidden by the operator's manual? Were you in such a hurry to shoot someone you could not read and follow the manufacturer's directions?"

This is the kind of thing that makes sleazy plaintiff's PI attorneys salivate.....

For the record, I do not think Cocked and Locked is an unsafe means of carry - I am presently carrying my Kimber Warrior in that very condition.....

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Unfortunately, an unscrupulous prosecutor looking to make a name for him or herself can make that argument of any firearm.

Matt,

You'll find something similar in most owners manuals.
 

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Actually if the safety is engaged the gun isn't "ready to fire." Unfortunately your owners manual fails to make that clear so there's a grey area in the scenario you describe. I imagine that was probably intentional on Kimber's part, based on the advice of their own lawyers.
 

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I sure you're correct, most owner manuals state not to chamber a round until you are ready to fire.

More CYA.
 

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Yes I've those too. Now, I normally care combat tupperware, so the safety is mostly keeping the trigger covered and using my head.
First, how does somebody know that you had to rack the slide, unless you tell them? Secondly, by default when you're packing, aren't we by default ready to fire? I think a fairly shart lawyer could eat the other arguments for breakfast.
 

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Gun Design v. Stupid Lawyer Tricks

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Unfortunately, an unscrupulous prosecutor looking to make a name for him or herself can make that argument of any firearm
True but more so for the single actions like the 1911. The key is the take up and trigger break. While we may know that our gun is set for a perfectly acceptable 4 pound break, the prosecutor is going to have each and every juror dry fire the piece in the jury box. To the ignorant and uninformed, that thing is going to go CLICK real easy...and the prosecution is going to crow: Ladies and gentlemen! See how EASY that was? I submit that the defendant did not know...could not know.... that in the heat of this extreme stress situation this weapon was going to discharge and kill...yada yada yada....

But that argument is much more difficult to make in the case of a double action firearm, with the exception (MAYBE) of a ParaOrdnance LDA. Even then, I think part of the solution is the amount of time it takes to take up the slack and break the trigger. So, excepting the PO as a "grey area" the other DA's and revolvers fired in DA mode will make it very clear by the trigger takeup in force and time that the shot was deliberately tripped...

Circumstances will NOW dictate whether the shoot itself is good or not which is as it should be. I just prefer not to give some prosecutor a chance to practice Stupid Lawyer Tricks to make a name for himself and oh yeah...ruin my life.
 

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I don't know it seems that most people are trying to regulate the 1911 to combat purposes only. Well, this just in buddy, I will carry whatever, I need to defend myself most effectively. This gang members show no mercy and have will continue to rob with machetes and shotguns. I will arm myself with whatever will help me to quickly reduce the threat.

Just imagine: It's a late winter night the wind is blowing as you exit the local grocery store. You hate to come out late night but the wife just had to have some ice cream. Well the store was packed due to the holidays and you are parked in a some what dark corner. When a guy comes up far off some what and ask you for directions. Then out of no where his buddy shows up machete in hand, slicing through the air , and his partner a pistol. You cocked and locked, is this your thinking: Man, do I risk pulling out and shooting the guy with the SA 45 or do you star trek yourself back to my safe and strap on the 38. Not, you unholster, get on target and swipe safety, and proceed to introduce them to 90yrs of history. Carry on 1911, Carry on. :cool:
 

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Sounds like a personal civil liability problem to me, but what the heck, I've always carried in Condition 1 ever since I my first 1911. I'd never turn back either, even if it was to satisty a "feel good" clause. I'm going to have make sure I have every atvantage over some BG that attempts an altercation with me.
 

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I have always carried condition 1. My view, If I am in front of a Judge having to explain why, then I survived, I am alive and it definatly was not an accidental discharge, it was self defence. I did wat was needed to stay alive.
 

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Have there ever been any documented cases where someone was convicted on the basis that their gun was single action? Or is the criminal liability thing just speculation?
 

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Stupid Lawyer Tricks
That is exactly it. They can do the same with the 3.5lb trigger on a half-cock Glock.
 

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joe/OH said:
Have there ever been any documented cases where someone was convicted on the basis that their gun was single action? Or is the criminal liability thing just speculation?
None that I have ever seen.
 
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